Let’s do some quick math. The Canes only play in 14 football games this year (yes, I am including the ACC Championship and bowl games in this count). Of those 14 games, only 7 are at home (yes, I am counting games against FAU and Savannah State as actual games and not just scrimmages). With only 7 home games to tailgate, what are you suppose to do the remaining 45 weekends a year? Well, for one thing, show more school spirit and tailgate at the Canes’ away games – 2 of which are in the state of Florida. For another, you should get creative with your tailgating events. Beach-gating? Absolutely! Memorial Day-gating? Why not! This brings us to the reason for this article: Derby-Gating!
Canestailgating.com is proud to bring you Derby-gating! Go ahead and Google it. We are the first ones to discuss this fantastic tailgating opportunity. The Kentucky Derby is known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports”. So what should you do with the remaining 6 hours and 22 minutes of your Saturday afternoon? Derby-gate! For those of you lucky enough to have a backyard – pull out your cooler, set up your Canes’ tent, throw some brats on the grill and start playing some flip-cup. Run the cable out to the yard so you can watch/bet on the preliminary races and your entire afternoon is booked (extra points for those of you with a bar and flat screen TV permanently set up in your backyard). For those apartment dwellers out there, have no fear! Set up your collapsible/tailgating chairs, beer coolers, and pong tables in your living rooms. Remember though, the Derby is a “classy” event – be sure to throw a tablecloth over your coffee table to set the tone. All that’s left to do is invite your friends over and request they wear their big hats and pastel colored clothes. (just be cautious of the floppy hat to pastel colored tie ratio)
Canestailgating.com’s (Formerly) Secret Mint Julep Recipe:
- In tin cup (preferred) or pint glass, muddle one sprig’s worth of mint leaves with 1.5oz of simple syrup.
- Add 2.5oz bourbon (Fighting Cock or Wild Turkey preferred. Derby is usually sponsored by Woodford Reserve, which is good too, but you don’t need to spend too much on bourbon that you are simply mixing into a cocktail.)
- Fill cup up with crushed ice.
- Top off with soda water.
- Stir and add a sprig of mint/raw sugarcane for garnish.
How are you Derby-gating? Canestailgating.com wants to know! Send us your Derby-gate pictures and we’ll post them to the website.